As part of the new year, PGDG plans to cover some great events around Philadelphia featuring women in design. The following event was put on by the Community Design Collaborative, where Beth Miller, PGDG class of 2013-2014, is the Executive Director.On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, a large crowd of Philadelphians braved the cold to hear Susan G. Solomon present her eponymous book, Science of Play, at the Center for Architecture. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion and a book signing.
Susan began her discussion by describing the issue with "KFC" (Kit, Fence and Carpet) playgrounds, and how they limit childhood development by being overly safe. As part of the research for her book, she traveled to Europe and Asia, where there is a greater acceptance of the idea that "risk-taking" needn't be "reckless."
One of the really incredible examples Susan showed us were the hand-knitted playgrounds by Toshiko Horiuchi McAdam.
After the presentation, Paul Vernon (Principal at KSK Architects) moderated a discussion on Children and Play with Susan G. Solomon, Meg Wise (Executive Director of Smith Playground), Sharon Easterling (Director, Delaware Valley Association for Education of Young Children), and Alex Gilliam (Director, Public Workshop).
Accompanying the discussion at the Center for Architecture was a wonderful exhibit entitled "Constructing Play."
For more detail on the proceedings, you can check out the blog-entry on Community Design Collaborative's website by Linda Dottor: http://blog.cdesignc.org/science-play-inspiring-ideas/